The CW continues to expand its list of scripted acquisitions with the addition of Canadian drama series Family law, an hour-long legal drama, from Entertainment One. A premiere date is to be determined.
Created, written and produced by Susin Nielsen, Family law, stars Jewel Staite (Firefly) and Emmy and Tony nominated Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of tomorrow), alongside Zach Smadu (Cardinal) and Genelle Williams (The Expanse).
The drama series follows lawyer and recovering alcoholic Abigail Bianchi (State) who struggles to put her career and family back together after hitting rock bottom. As a condition of her probation, Abby is forced to work at her father Harry’s (Garber) firm, Svensson and Associates, and practice family law for the first time while forging new relationships with half-brother Daniel. (Smadu) and half-sister Lucy (Williams) whom she has never met. The result is a dysfunctional family law firm operating to help other families with their own dysfunctions.
Family law is produced by Seven24 Films and Lark Productions for Corus Entertainment’s Global (Canada). The series is produced by Jordy Randall of Seven24 (Heartland) and Tom Cox (fortunate son) and Erin Haskett of Lark (Pattern) and Andy Mikita (Stargate SG-1) also serve as executive producers. eOne owns the international distribution rights. The deal was brokered by Dan Loewy, eOne’s Executive Vice President, Sales, Americas and ANZ.
Family law expands CW’s acquisition slate, which includes upcoming drama Leonardo with Aidan Turner, Matilda De Angelis and Freddie Highmore, half-hour comedy-drama To bump with Nathalie Morris, and the international action series Professionals with Tom Welling, Brendan Fraser and Elena Anaya. Current series include Coroner, Wellington Paranormal and Devils, who will return for new seasons later this year.